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B. Andrew Rifkin

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS | BEST LAWYERS | AV PREEMINENT

E: Rifkin@BankRifkin.com
P: (248) 480-8333

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With 25 years of experience, Mr. Rifkin has been recognized year-after-year as one of the state’s and the country’s best family law lawyers, including by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected national peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Mr. Rifkin annually has been named to Michigan SuperLawyers, dBusiness TopLawyers, and as a Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent attorney for more than ten consecutive years.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (where he serves on the Board of Managers, the Board of Examiners, and as the Membership Chairman), and he is an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law.

Mr. Rifkin successfully has resolved hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, and California.  He knows how to get his clients through the divorce process thoughtfully, privately, and with a plan for the future — from the initial consultation to the final judgment and then for many years after, all the way through retirement.

Professional Recognition

 

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

 

Publications & Press

  • Matrimonial Attorney Took a Different Route,  Oakland Legal News, 2012
  • Chapter 1 Update, Family Law Practice Issues, 2002 Supplement, § 1.35, ICLE Michigan Family Law Practice, 2002
  • Beyond Rinvelt: Where Do Prenuptial Agreements Go from Here?, Laches (OCBA), 2001
  • Full Protection for the Injured Ward: Ensuring That Guardian and Conservator Fees Are Paid by the PIP Insurance Carrier, Michigan Bar Journal, 2000
  • Shop with Care: Choosing a Forum in Recreational Accident Cases, Laches (OCBA), 1999
  • Liability of the Physician in Charge, Michigan Bar Journal, 1994
  • When Doctors Go Bare: Compensation Beyond the Underinsured Physician, Michigan Bar Journal, 1999

 

Associations & Appointments

  • Oakland County Bench-Bar Conference Family Law Committee, Oakland County Circuit Court, April 2015
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-present
  • Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation, 2011-present
  • Member, University of Michigan Alumni Association, 1987-present
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association, 1994-present
  • Member, Michigan Bar Association, 1992-present
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association, 1992-present
  • Oakland County Bench-Bar Conference Family Law Committee, Oakland County Circuit Court, February 2007
  • Court-Appointed Civil Litigation Mediator, Oakland County Circuit Court, March 1999 – 2002
  • Wayne County Circuit Court Civil Mediation Tribunal, February 1999 – 2002
  • Invited Judge, University of Michigan Law School Moot Court Oral Argument Competitions, various years from April 1998 – present
  • Invited Judge, University of Michigan Law School Annual Client Counseling Competitions, February 1996 – 2003

 

Licenses & Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan, May 1992 (P46147)
  • State Bar of Colorado, April 1993 (#22511)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, June 1992
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, August 1994

 

Educational Background & Academic Awards

University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Juris Doctor, December 1991

  • Winner of the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, 1990-91
  • Outstanding Legal Writing Instructor Award, 1991
  • Outstanding Legal Writing Award, 1990

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Completed first year of M.D. program, September 1987-May 1988

University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, & Arts, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Honors in Economics, May 1987
Honors Thesis: Medical Malpractice Insurance Prices: A Study of Rate Variance

  • Diploma with Distinction, 1987
  • Honors in Economics, 1987
  • College Honors Program in Economics, 1986
  • University of Michigan Class Honors, 1985

 

Professional History and Personal Background

SKOV4458Mr. Rifkin began his professional training as a medical school student.  In medical school, he tried to improve how patients experienced healthcare, knowing that the best doctors are only as good as how well they treat their patients.  During that time, Mr. Rifkin’s friends in law school helped him discover his passion for law.  Now, Mr. Rifkin brings that same people-centric approach to his law practice by helping each client navigate the legal, financial, and emotional issues in a divorce.

Mr. Rifkin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (with Honors) from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Rifkin then studied for another year at the University of Michigan medical school.  After that, he went on the University of Michigan Law School, where he won the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition and earned his Juris Doctor degree from one of the top 10 law schools in the nation.

In 2016, after practicing family law for sixteen years at one of the premier domestic relations firms in the U.S., Mr. Rifkin and Mark Bank opened their own matrimonial law firm — Bank | Rifkin — where Mr. Rifkin is a partner specializing in complex financial and matrimonial matters, family law issues, and long-term financial and estate planning after a divorce is finalized.  Mr. Rifkin has served for many years as an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University, and he is a frequent lecturer and commentator on family law and divorce issues.  Mr. Rifkin frequently is sought out by other family law attorneys to serve as a mediator or arbitrator for their clients’ divorce cases.

Mr. Rifkin lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his three children and his wife, who is an immigration and trademark attorney.  In his free time, Mr. Rifkin skis, cycles, plays tennis, squash, hockey, and coaches his sons’ football teams.  Mr. Rifkin also spends lots of fall Saturdays in Ann Arbor, watching the University of Michigan football team.

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